Matthew Vinacco
Matthew Vinacco
Height: 6-0
Year: SO
Hometown: Scituate, R.I.
High School: Scituate
Events: Distance

Personal Bests

  • Indoor
    • 3000m: 8:50.88 (2018-19 at Husky Invitational)
    • Mile: 4:26.28 (2018-19 at URI Pre-Conference Meet)
  • Outdoor
    • 1500m: 4:07.51 (2017-18 at Holy Cross Classic)
    • 5000m: 15:34.83 (2018-19 at Holy Cross Invite)


  • Indoor:
    • Finished ninth in the 3000m (8:50.88) at the Husky Invitational.
    • Finished 21st in the 3000m (8:59.64) at the Beantown Challenge.
    • Finished 14th in the mile (4:30.57) at the Sorlien Invitational.
    • Finished 38th in the 3000m (8:54.22) at the Columbia Challenge.
    • Finished 18th in the 3000m (8:54.73) at the New England Championship.
    • Finished fourth in the mile (4:26.28) at the URI Pre-Conference Meet.
    • Finished 26th in the 3000m (8:56.56) at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
  • Outdoor:
    • Finished fifth in the 5000m (15:48.75) at the Bryant Black & Gold Invitational.
    • Finished 22nd in the 1500m (4:10.39) at the UConn Northeast Challenge.
    • Finished fifth in the 5000m (15:34.83) at the Holy Cross Invite.
    • Finished fifth in the 1500m (4:08.85) at the Holy Cross Men's Meet.


  • Indoor:
    • Did not compete.
  • Outdoor:
    • Finished seventh in the 5000m (16:14.16) at the Colonial Relays.
    • Finished 23rd in the 1500m (4:08.16) at the UConn Northeast Challenge.
    • Finished 10th in the 5000m (15:53.58) at the Holy Cross Invitational.
    • Finished seventh in the 1500m (4:07.51) at the Holy Cross Classic.

Before URI

  • Graduated from Scituate High School.
  • Member of the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams.
  • Captained the cross country and indoor track teams for two years, and the outdoor track team for three years.
  • All-Division and All-Class Cross Country and Outdoor Track selection all four years.
  • 2014, 2015 qualifier for the New England Cross Country Championship.
  • Three-time All-Division and All-Class Indoor Track selection.
  • Holds Scituate High School record in the 5k, 1000m (indoor), 1500m (indoor), 3000m (indoor), 1500m (outdoor), 3000m (outdoo)r, 4x400m (outdoor), and the 4x800m (outdoor).
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • 2017 recipient of the Harold G. Gifford Award for Outstanding Athletics and Academics.


  • Son of Ken and Paula.
  • Brother, Kenny, is a senior on the Stonehill cross country and track teams. 
  • Chose URI because of the proximity to home and engineering program.
  • Chose Rhody over Stonehill and UNH.
  • Enjoys playing baseball, basketball, and the guitar in his free time.
  • Favorite athlete is Galen Rupp.
  • Favorite team is the Boston Red Sox. 
  • Biomedical Engineering major.